As reported in ProPublica, yesterday (November 14th, 2011) the European Union banned the x-ray backscatter scanners at airports throughout its 27 member nations due to the health safety hazards caused by the devices. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) plans to introduce 1,800 scanners nationwide, though it has not disclosed what the split between x-ray backscatter and millimeter-wave scanners will be.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano, popularly known as “BIG SIS” in reference to the Orwellian State she is trying to impose upon the American people, has repeatedly claimed the ionizing radiation emitted by these devices was harmless.
Fortunately, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a FOIA lawsuit that has proven those statements to be false and, very sadly, that DHS has created a cancer-cluster among its TSA employees working at Boston’s Logan Airport, the only population it has bothered to survey.
Military veterans, law enforcement, and firefighters are encouraged to join the Central Texas Posse to affirm their oaths to the U.S. Constitution and express their desire to local TSA Director Mike Scott that the newly introduced scanners be disabled at Austin Bergstrom International Airport.